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Grant Opportunities

A listing of new and ongoing grant opportunities.


United States Department of Agriculture - Farm to School Grant

The Ethical Farming Fund - Farmraiser Grant

Aetna Foundation - for community gardens, urban farms & farmers markets

The FruitGuys Community Fund - click here.

Livestock Guardian Dog Project - click here

USDA Renewable Energy System & Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects - click here.

USDA Microloan Program - learn more here.

Northeast SARE Grants:

Deadlines for 2016 awards

Research and Education Grants (preproposals): June 30, 2015

Professional Development Grants (preproposals): June 30, 2015

Partnership Grants: October 6, 2015

Farmer Grants: November 12, 2015

Research & Education

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a competitive grants program providing funding for researchers, agricultural educators, farmers & ranchers and students in the United States.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners - regional centers that provide funding through investment funding mechanisms to support research and development of new products or processes.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania - one-year grants provided to conduct applied research or identify local strategies that can result in legislative or program policy recommendations.

Market / Cooperative Development

Agricultural Product Promotion Matching Grant Program

Animal Welfare Approved Good Husbandry Grants

Food Nutrition Service (USDA)

Project for Public Places

Regional Marketing Initiative Grant Program

Rural Development Agency (USDA)

Value-Added Agricultural Producer Grant (USDA)

Beginning Farming

PA Grows - assists agricultural producers in gaining access to the capital they need to begin, continue or expand their business.

Guaranteed Farm Ownership Program - loans to purchase land, construct buildings or make other improvements.

Direct Operating Program - loans to purchase livestock, poultry, equipment, feed, seed, farm chemicals and supplies

Farm Services Agency Beginning Farmer Down Payment Farm Ownership Program

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers

Center for Entrepreneurial Assistance

Next Generation Farmer Loan Program

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

Young & Beginning Program
 Farm Credit Services of America

National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant Program

Pollution Prevention Assistance Account (PPAA)


Farm Labor Housing


Funding via various program offered by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Pennsylvania Office

High Tunnel System Initiative


Direct Emergency Program


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Community Revitalization Program

Business in Our Sites

Appalachian Regional Commission

Farm Aid: Food Systems and Rural Development Funding Opportunities

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - funding is available in several areas including health, food systems & rural development, youth & education, etc.

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